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Principal Investigators

Jill A. Fisher


Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Bioethics and Department of Social Medicine

Jill Fisher has been conducting research on pharmaceutical clinical trials for nearly two decades. She is the author of Medical Research for Hire: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials (2009, Rutgers University Press) and Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals (2020, New York University Press).

Rebecca L. Walker


Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Bioethics, Department of Social Medicine, and Department of Philosophy

Rebecca Walker’s work to date has focused on practical virtue ethics, concepts of autonomy in bioethics, the ethics of how we treat non-human animals, the allocation of health care resources, and ethics methods.



Anne Drapkin Lyerly


Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Bioethics, Department of Social Medicine, and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Anne Lyerly’s research addresses socially and morally complex issues in women’s health and reproductive medicine, with a focus on how women and men assign meaning to reproductive events. A central goal of her work is to inform and reframe debates based on the views of the women and men most profoundly affected by them, and to appropriately weight these individuals’ interests in shaping reproductive health care.

Douglas MacKay


Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Bioethics and Department of Public Policy

Doug MacKay’s research and teaching interests concern questions at the intersection of justice and public policy. He is currently working on projects concerning the justice of economic inequality – both domestic and global; the ethics of immigration policy; priority setting in health care; the ethics of international clinical research; and justice in the division of responsibilities within federal systems of government.

Torin Monahan


Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Communication

Torin Monahan’s research focuses on institutional transformations with new technologies, with a particular emphasis on surveillance and security programs. Areas of expertise include science and technology studies, surveillance studies, visual culture, ethnography, and contemporary social and cultural theory.


Research Associates

Margaret Waltz


Margaret Waltz is a Research Associate in the Department of Social Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She received her PhD in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University where she researched patients’ experiences of waiting in medical waiting rooms and how medical institutions structure patients’ time. She also works on the ethical and social implications of preventive genomic screening for adults, including return of results in the GeneScreen project.

Lisa McManus


Lisa McManus has a PhD in sociology from North Carolina State University and teaches at Wake Technical Community College. Her ongoing research examines how state-level wage policies effect worker wellbeing, and race and gender wage gaps..


Advisory Board

Carl Elliott, MD, PhD
Professor, Center for Bioethics and Department of Pediatrics; Affiliate Faculty, Department of Philosophy and School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Minnesota

Jeremy Garrett, PhD
Research Associate, Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center; Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Nancy M.P. King, JD
Professor, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Co-Director, Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society and Graduate Program in Bioethics, Wake Forest University

Walter K. Kraft, MD
Professor of Pharmacology, Medicine & Surgery; Director, Clinical Research Unit; Director, Office of Human Research, Thomas Jefferson University

Susan E. Lederer, PhD
Robert Turell Professor of History of Medicine and Bioethics, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Daniel K. Nelson, MSc
Director, Human Research Protocol Office, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency